The Retrieval
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Showings
Sequoia 1Tue, Oct 8, 2013 2:30 PM Not Available  
 
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Country:US
Year:2013
Running Time:94
Language:English
Director:Chris Eska
Producer:Jacob Esquivel
Jason Wehling
Screenwriter:Chris Eska
Cinematographer:Yasu Tanida
Editor:Chris Eska
Cast:Tishuan Scott
Ashton Sanders
Keston John
Bill Oberst Jr.
Christine Horn
Alfonso Freeman
Print Source:September Morning LLC
Description

The latest from awarding-winning indie director Chris Eska (August Evening, MVFF 2007) is a deeply stirring and nuanced Civil War–era drama about two former slaves on the run from a band of steel-hearted bounty hunters. Thirteen-year-old Will is an African American freedman in Texas who has fallen in with the bounty hunters after his father’s death. When gang leader Burrell orders Will and his uncle Marcus (also a freedman, at least nominally) to journey north and “retrieve” a fugitive slave, Will knows the price of failure will be his life. Featuring unforgettable performances, and shot on location amid beautiful and barren wintertime landscapes, the film is both a poignant chronicle of the evolution of a father-son bond and an indelible portrait of the anguish and hopefulness of African Americans caught in the upheaval of the Civil War.

—Michael J. LoPresti



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Additional Information

Born in Ottine, Texas (pop. 98), Eska studied at UCLA's MFA film directing program. His films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase and at festivals worldwide. His film Doki-Doki premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens. His first feature was 2007’s August Evening, which won an Independent Spirit Award.